The official start of winter is still more than a month away, but you would never guess it to see the scene at the Three Rivers Park District's Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. They've been making snow at the reserve since Monday in anticipation of the earliest winter opening ever for the cross-country ski trails.
The snow machines are running around the clock, building up a base of snow that needs to be two to three feet deep before officials can open the cross-country ski trails, tubing hill, and snowboarding hill.
According to Elm Creek Reserve Park Manager Wayne Iseri, it's the perfect temperature right now in the 20s and teens to run the snow machines.
Three Rivers Park District officials aren't saying yet when they will be ready to open, but it's possible they may have a few cross country trails ready next week, which would be the earliest open ever.
"It has surprised us because we didn't expect it to be this early, last year we started a couple weeks later and then that was an early start, so this year is really, really a bonus," said Iseri.
If conditions hold, Iseri thinks it's possible the tubing hill and snowboarding hill could open before Thanksgiving. For updates on the opening, click here.
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